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During the winter months, many fanciful creations for little ones have come off the knitting needles, some of which I would love to share.
This is a little waistcoat/vest, worked in coloured bands of simple Fair Isle - sized for a 2 to 3 year old boy. Made from 8ply wool on 4.50mm needles. The styling was inspired by a vintage look, but given a modern touch in the large wooden buttons and colouring.
Now, after some months of unsettled living, everyday life is becomming more gracious, and inspirations for creative endeavours ....... returning. The beautiful shades of winter's greens have given rise to this first new crochet cover - made up of coloured scraps, worked in a simple treble stitch pattern. Sized for a cushion measuring 40cm x 40cm (16"). Made with 8ply on a 3.50mm hook.
This little style, knitted in size 3 years, has a crochet flower motif in contrasting colours, placed at the front neckline. It is bordered on the sides by an openwork pattern - which, in more detail, runs across the lower edge. The purple wool has a high percentage of angora (rabbit wool), - absolutely beautiful, soft and fluffy - also very warm.
A Fair Isle style jumper for a small boy, handknitted in grey 8 ply wool, with bands of maroon and blue. Bottle green narrow bands of pattern run between and on the sleeves. Traditional patterning with a modern look.
A new winter jumper for an 8 year old. The wool is so thick and soft .... Paton's "Inca", knitted on 6.00mm needles. The needles I use are made of bamboo and rosewood. Beautiful to the touch, smooth and lightweight.
Two new jumpers in progress. Tristan is 8 ..... his style is in two shades - not deliberate, but out of necessity, having only a few balls of each colour available ..... beautiful " Inca" by Patons, which is a very thick blend of wool and alpaca.
The smaller version of the same pattern is Rohan's - he is 2 this winter. The yarn is also a blend of wool and alpaca that has tiny coloured flecks throughout. 8 ply worked on 4.50 needles.
Katrina will be 4 this coming winter .... and this is her new little coat. It has pockets on the side fronts, set into bands of colour, which have been knitted with a double thread. One being a speckled wool of 3 shades and used with a plain colour - alternating blue, hot pink, gold and green. By doing this, it brought the fabric to the same thickness as the blue-grey wool of the main section, which was actually very thick - about 16 ply.
A new cushion cover in crochet ..... made from acrylic with some wool. Scraps of leftover yarn are very useful for these designs, if the thickness is consistent. 18" x 18" ..... slightly larger than I usually make, and two weeks to complete. Odd colour, vintage buttons are on a side opening.
Fair Isle patterning is another great way to use the small amounts of left over wool, providing it's all the same ply. The little hat and jumper pictured is size 5 to 6 months. Two wooden buttons are at the front neck opening.
A crochet cushion cover, made from wool and acrylic. It's worth saving bits of left-overs for this type of project, as it gives a wider colour selection when aiming for a certain look and feeling to the piece. There might be just the shade needed to give that punch or to compliment the others. I unpicked a half made boy's jumper to get the right shade of denim blue - grey for the edges. No other colour would suffice. Edge measurement - 18" x 18" (45cm x 45cm).
The red, hairy looking mohair is one of the 1980's novelty yarns, when they first became fashionable - but also expensive. I was fortunate to acquire some on sale, but not enough for a complete jacket. A contrasting lavender blue mohair and wool mix, in the same ply was used for a decorative yoke, with blobs of the same, brought into the main section to give some balance and interest.
The alternative and contrasting painted toggle buttons also helped with the overall balance of colour. Edges on the sleeves and bottom are finished with crochet in a gold shade of pearle cotton, that matched the hairy bits in the red mohair.
Fair Isle designs with a modern twist for small boys in sizes 1 and 2 years. The pictures are a photograph and drawing from the visual diary. The sketched pattern was made in maroon and mid grey, with the main panel in black and light grey. Both worked in 8 ply.
A cushion cover in crochet, using very simple basic stitches, and a variety of colours. Scraps of yarn left over from other projects, come in useful and provide the selection for an interesting colour scheme.
The yarn is all 8 ply thickness ..... the hook - 3.50mm. Normally a 4.00mm hook would be used with this ply, but I prefer a tighter fabric for a cushion cover.